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Marco Island Charter Middle School students were given the chance to compete in a patriotic essay contest sponsored by Marco Island's Daughters of the American Revolution.

The three contest winners were honored at the chapter's meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club.

Language Arts teacher Bill Badger, accompanied the students, Kirra Polley, Ittay Cisneros and Brandon Johnson.

The assignment was to write a 600- to 1,000-word essay titled "A Child's Journey Through Ellis Island." The essay was supposed to be written as a child's letter to a cousin, describing his or her personal experience as an immigrant passing through Ellis Island.

After reading their essays aloud to the group, the winning students each received a certificate and the DAR American History Medal.

More information

The Marco Island chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution holds its monthly luncheon meetings at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursdays of each month. It welcomes potential members and members from other chapters who are living in or visiting the area. For more information, call Karen Lombardi, 394-0028.

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